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gist
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
the main point(s) of a more detailed matter

or:

law:  the grounds for a legal action
  • Dorothea told him that she had seen Lydgate, and recited the gist of her conversation with him about the Hospital.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (10% in)

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